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Olympus E-M5 II, camera topic
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    Specs

    • 16mp m43 CMOS sensor
    • 40mp high-resolution multi-shot mode
    • 5-axis IS, 5-stop according to CIPA standard
    • 3" touch screen, 1040kdots
    • High Res 2.36M electronic viewfinder
    • FullHD Video - 1080p, 60/50/30/25/24p
      • 77 Mbps bit-rate @ 30p
      • Focus Peaking with four Color Choices (red, yellow, black, white)
      • Supports time code
      • HDMI Output for an external monitor
    • 1/8000s mechanical shutter speed
    • 10fps continuous shooting, 5fps with continuous AF
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bundled flash, higher plus bounce and turns
    • Microphone socket
    • Headphone socket (with 1st part of 2 part grip)
    • 750 shot battery life (battery life is 310 shots with CIPA test modes)
    • $1099
    • http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-Mark-Silver/dp/B00S6DBMOQ/
    • http://www.adorama.com/IOMEM5M2B.html

    Clean HDMI output.

    IBIS in video.

    Evolution in frame rate selection (still no PAL???)

    Better codec (77Mbps)

    Previews

    Reviews

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    Olympus introduces an exceptional high-resolution still and advanced motion picture hybrid with the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II®. This advanced interchangeable-lens camera features a compact dustproof, splashproof body, with a familiar, premium design. Packed with 5-axis image stabilization, a 40-megapixel high-resolution shot mode, sophisticated, stunning HD video, integrated Wi-Fi® and a variable-angle 3-inch touchscreen, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II makes it easy to get the shot you need, every time. The easy-to-use 2.36 million dot, super-large, high-definition electronic viewfinder has a field of view of 100%, and a viewfinder magnification of 1.48x. The camera is equipped with Adaptive Brightness Technology, which automatically adjusts the backlight brightness in accordance with environmental lighting. The new LV Boost II*1 is convenient for shooting stars, and Creative Control provides complete freedom of control over color, tone, focus, and aspect ratio.

    Exceptional Performance
    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II pairs a redesigned16-megapixel Live-MOS Micro Four Thirds® sensor with the Olympus TruePic™ VII processor, enabling brilliant image quality in bright and low-light conditions alike. The 1/8000 mechanical shutter allows photographers to shoot using a large aperture for maximum bokeh, even in bright, daylight conditions. Users can capture RAW images at up to 10 fps with S-AF, or 5 fps with C-AF tracking enabled. An Anti-shock mode utilizes electronic first-curtain shutter to reduce shutter shock during sequential shooting, and a new Silent mode enables a full-time 1/16000 second electronic shutter, eliminating the mechanical shutter noise entirely for absolutely silent shooting. The 81-point Fast AF provides an expanded focus area, with unparalleled speed, while Small Target AF allows users to focus on small areas across the entire frame.

    World’s Most Sophisticated Image Stabilization
    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system offers unprecedented performance. The camera’s 16-megapixel sensor shifts horizontally, vertically and on the X (pitch), Y (yaw) and Z (roll) axes in order to provide 5.0 EV steps of compensation performance. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II can capture sharp images at shutter speeds as low as 1/4-second without the use of a tripod. Sensor shift on the X and Y axes can also assist when photographing close-up subjects. Image stabilization extends to the 3-inch, 1.04M-dot rear vari-angle touchscreen and the 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder (1.48x magnification), providing a full image stabilization preview when the shutter button is pressed halfway.

    40-Megpixel High-Resolution Shot
    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II takes high-resolution imaging to a whole new level. In addition to the exceptional 16-megapixel stills you’ve come to expect from OM-D, the E-M5 Mark II captures 40-megapixel images*2 using an innovative pixel-shift technique that is facilitated by the voice-coil motor IS unit. The 40-Megapixel High-Res Shot mode captures eight sequential images, moving the sensor by 0.5-pixel steps between each shot. Then, the E-M5 Mark II compiles those images to produce a super-high resolution shot that rivals those captured with a 40-megapixel full-frame camera.

    A tripod and a high-resolution M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL PRO or M.ZUIKO Premium lens are recommended to use the 40-Megapixel High-Res Shot mode, which captures eight shots over a period of one second1. Another two seconds are required to compile the final image. Images can be captured at up to f/8 with a shutter speed of up to eight seconds and a sensitivity of up to ISO 1600. When shooting in RAW+JPEG mode, the camera will save a 40M JPEG file, a 64M RAW (ORF) file and a 16M RAW (ORI) file. 64M RAW images may be processed using Photoshop CS4 and later with a required plug-in.

    OM-D Movie
    The OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s advanced video features enable photographers to capture cinema-quality movies from the palm of their hand. The camera’s 5-axis image stabilization compensates for even the slightest movement, allowing the camera to capture stable footage without the use of a sophisticated and expensive stabilization rig, or even a tripod, letting users shoot in environments where adding heavy equipment may not be practical. The mechanical IS unit can also work in concert with Electronic Stabilization if desired.

    The OM-D E-M5 Mark II captures 1080p video at up to a 60p frame rate with up to 77 Mbps high bit-rate recording possible at the 30p setting. Additionally, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II supports 50p, 30p (29.97p), 25p and 24p (23.98p) frame rates, making it easy to blend footage captured using other camera systems. An integrated microphone jack supports external audio input, while a headphone jack positioned in the HLD-8G External Grip enables real-time audio monitoring. Focus Peaking with four color choices (red, yellow, black and white) as well as three selectable intensities for optimal manual focus results. Settings can be adjusted while recording using the 3-inch touchscreen, including AF-point selection, exposure, electronic zoom and Movie Tele-converter, microphone sensitivity, headphone volume and art effects. Additionally, OM-D Movie supports time code settings and connection to an external HDMI® monitor during recording. You can also add an Olympus PCM recorder for high-quality audio capture.

    Photographers can take advantage of the OM-D’s popular Art Filters while in Movie Capture mode. Users can select from Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line and Watercolor while capturing video. A Movie Tele-converter lets users touch an area on the screen to enlarge it without losing image quality, while the Clips tool enables short clip capture, allowing users to combine footage and effects directly on the camera for instant sharing.

    Ultimate Connectivity
    The OM-D E-M5 Mark II includes integrated Wi-Fi, enabling remote shooting, geotagging and easy image sharing using the Olympus Image Share app on an Android® or iOS® smartphone or tablet. Photographers can use the Olympus Image Share app to apply Art Filters. Users can also start and stop movie recording using a wirelessly connected smartphone, or with the RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release. Studio photographers can take advantage of Olympus Capture support, enabling complete control of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II from a connected Mac® or PC.

    Portability and Build
    The OM-D E-M5 Mark II features a dustproof, splashproof body, that, when properly sealed and paired with select M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, can even be used in the rain. Olympus’ renowned Supersonic Wave Filter technology uses super high speed frequency movement to “shake” any dust or debris off the sensor, eliminating dust marks that irreparably spoil images. Two body colors are available: a luxurious black with texture casting, and a bright, gorgeous silver. The camera includes machined metal dials, an extended grip and a lowered center of gravity that makes the OM-D E-M5 Mark II comfortable to hold in a variety of positions. The camera (body only) weighs just 417 grams, or 14.7 ounces, making it one of the lightest models in its class.

    Accessories
    The OM-D E-M5 Mark II includes a dustproof and splashproof bundled flash, the FL-LM3, with Guide Number 9 (at ISO 100) and tilt and swivel positioning, enabling users to light subjects directly or by bouncing the flash off of a ceiling or wall.

    The HLD-8 is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder for exclusive use with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which enhances both the camera grip and power supply. The HLD-8G Non-powered Grip pairs a substantial camera grip with a headphone jack for monitoring audio during video capture, and an HLD-6P Power Grip, which can attach directly to the camera or to the HLD-8G, provides additional battery power for extended shoots. Because the grip (HLD-8G) and battery holder (HLD-6P) can be separated, the grip can be used alone when necessary. The HLD-6P battery holder is the same as the HLD-6 which was previously designed for the OM-D E-M5. The ECG-2 Metal External Grip can be attached to and removed from a tripod easily, and includes a battery pass-through for changing batteries without removing the grip.

    An EE-1 External Dot Sight, which is compatible with any camera with a hot shoe, makes it easier to frame subjects during super-telephoto shooting An EP-16 Large Eyecup is also available, which blocks sunlight, making the electronic viewfinder easier to use. A redesigned version of the OM-D E-M5’s popular full-cover case, which includes a body cover and removable front cover, is also available as the CS-46 FBC Leather Cover and Body Jacket. The PT-EP13 Dedicated Underwater Case can be used at depths of up to 45 meters, and is designed specifically for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The case is equipped with a pick-up viewfinder and can be used with the cameras bundled FL-LM3 flash, along with a variety of lenses.

    U.S. Pricing and Availability
    $1,099.99 Body only in Black or Silver


    It looks good. I like my E-M1 for video -great EVF and ergonomics. The biggest issues are dealing with 30p only and the codec gets pretty muddy on wide, high detail shots. Hopefully the E-M5 II will fix some of these issues, and I hope maybe Olympus will issue a firmware update for their flagship model as they are both using the same image processor.

  • Agree. Oly's ergonomics for video is much better than Pana's IMO. IBIS does miracles, the ability to shoot handheld with fast prime lenses without RS wobble is what makes Oly unique. 30p only and codec suck big time however. Can't wait to see confirmation that EM5 MKII supports 25p. It's not likely they are going to make dedicated audio in, which is a shame if course. And looks like they'll save 4K for EM1 MKII which is also a pity.

  • Yes, it's looking really good, but I'll still reserve my judgement until I can assess the sensor sampling.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that is is a Sony, because that would be a very good indicator for full sensor readout.

  • and

    “Some em5 mkii info not yet shared. Big upgrade to image stabilisation especially in video mode – takin it to the next level. Nothing else like it.”

    hmmmmm

    Im thinking, so set the camera at desired level and presto, straight and level shooting on a simple ''cheap'' flycam

    ?

  • Here is the full specs list of upcoming Olympus OM-D E-M5II mirrorless camera. This camera will be announced on February 5, 2015.

    Olympus E-M5II full specs:

    • 16.1 million pixel sensor LiveMOS
    • Hi-Res composite shooting functions (the sensor shift shooting mode takes 63 Megapixel RAW or 40 megapixel JPEG pictures)
    • Video 1080 / 30p, 720 / 60p
    • Video frame rate 24fps can also be selected
    • The maximum bit rate is 77Mbps in ALL-I. 52Mbps in IPB
    • Fastest mechanical shutter 1/8000 seconds. Electronic shutter 1/16000 seconds
    • Continuous shooting 11 frames / sec (continuous shooting mode H), 5 frames / second (continuous shooting mode L)
    • 16 images in RAW The number of pictures in continuous shooting mode H, 19 sheets in JPEG. In continuous shooting mode L without limit.
    • ISO 100 ~ ISO 25600
    • 5-axis camera shake correction. Correction effect shutter speed five stages (CIPA)
    • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.037 million dots. Vari-Angle
    • EVF is 2.36 million dots. Eye point 21mm
    • The battery BLN-1. Possible shots 350 sheets
    • SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi compatible)
    • Size: 123.7mm x 85mm x 44.5mm
    • Weighs 417g (body only). 469g (including battery and memory card)
    • Usable temperature is -10 degrees to 40 degrees (at the time of operation). -20 Degrees to 60 degrees (when saving)

    Available humidity 30-90% (operation). 10-90% (when saving)

    Power Battery Holder HLD-8

  • Finally gets 24p but no improved low light performance and no slow motion oriented.

    Not 'no 24p' to say, but 'no 60p' in full hd mode. They could make a complete 1080p camera, but hey: it's Olympus.

  • They are going with innovative video formats lol never heard of 1280x1080! image

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  • Resolutions are all over the place.

    I'll wait for an official confirmation.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Hands-On Field Test by The Camera Store TV. With video features reviewed and some actual footage in the last third.

    It does have 24,25,30,50,60p all in one camera. It does have audio in and even headphone output - great! The IBIS has become a real steadicam replacement, huge improvement. But the overall looks... They shoot their show on A7 something AFAIK. Oly's footage dosen't stand well against it as far as one can judge from this brief take. To me it looked like having less resolution and being oversharpened. They have blown out highlights, too, but that's maybe due to incorrect exposure. So we need more footage and more tests. But overall, it looks promising so far.

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  • Probably still sub-sampling heavily... :(

    I guess my GH2 won't be retiring so soon.

    http://www.quesabesde.com/noticias/olympus-e-m5-ii-analisis-fotos-video_12714

    "El funcionamiento del estabilizador a la hora de grabar vídeo a pulso es sencillamente excepcional. Lo más parecido a un steadicam que hayamos visto implementado en una cámara. Pese a ello y a otras mejoras, es cierto que el rendimiento del vídeo en cuanto a calidad de imagen no está entre los mejores del momento. Queda trabajo por hacer, aunque por fin esta asignatura parece estar en la agenda de Olympus."

    for which this is a very close translation:

    "The way the stabilizer works when recording handheld video is simply spectacular. The closest to a steadycam we have seen implemented in a camera. But even with this and other improvements, the outcome of the video as far as IQ is concerned it's not among the best. There is work to be done, even though it seems this trend is finally in Olympus' agenda."

    Anyone else saw any reports about video IQ?

  • GH4 seems noticeably crisper in the comparison above but that EM5II IS system looks very very good

    Im left to wonder, is this all Oly has got, where the settings ideal etc

  • Hello Guys i have a question that may be silly. You think this 77mbit video codec will be possible to use on the old EM5? i hate that articulating screen and apart from this codec there is no reason for me to upgrade.

  • @kellar42 : Yes he does, but he also put's some words on how the IQ is subpar.

    @hingobling : Highly unlikely. Different frame rates, different modes. If they planned on doing it they would had done it a long time ago, but keep your eyes on the E-M1. If they update it, then it's still possible.

  • @duartix don't worry, I'd never buy one haha. And yes, I think 77mbit for iFrame is too little as we've seen in the past.